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Playa del Rey, CA
Don is a custom home builder who owns the construction and renovation company One Tuscany Realty. He purchased a beautiful property in Playa del Rey, CA about four years ago with the intention of flipping it, but ended up falling in love with the area so much that he and his wife now call it home. Recently featured in California Home and Design, Don completely remodeled the property to give it a modern look with a seamless open concept, custom-made ping pong table, plenty of room for entertaining, and Java Fossilized® bamboo flooring throughout. With a home gym, offices, and bedrooms nestled in the lower floors, the home features a modern staircase which he also floored with Java flooring. Our favorite part about the gorgeous home (besides the enviable wine cellar, of course), is the expansive glass doors and windows that allow natural light to flood in, turning the focus to the breathtaking view of downtown LA. You can check out more of Don’s designs on the One Tuscany Realty website.
“We were introduced to Cali Bamboo products at One Tuscany Realty about four years ago for a commercial space we did in West Hollywood and we got so many accolades from it that we started using it in residential applications as well. It’s just such a neat product because the aesthetics combined with the wearability you really can’t find anywhere else. We liked Cali Bamboo products so much that we decided to use it in our own home here in Playa del Rey. We love the Java product because it’s a warm brown that really goes with just about everything. As a custom home builder and spec builder, we’re always looking for products that are as durable as they are beautiful and we found that with Cali Bamboo products over the years and we’re expecting that continued durability and wear for years to come.”- Don
Photos courtesy of One Tuscany Realty
About One Tuscany Realty
One Tuscany Realty is a full service real estate brokerage and renovation firm founded by Don Popkes, dedicated to helping individuals buy, sell, and renovate real estate. The firm works with clients in four core capabilities:
-Buy or sell residential property
-Renovation and Redesign
-Purchase a home with One Tuscany’s team inclusive of plans and intentions for a Renovation and Redesign
-Update and enhance a home prior to sale for greater returns
From a straight forward purchase or sale, to working with clients on their visions of updating and renovating their current home, One Tuscany is dedicated to working with clients to create true lifestyles within the homes that they live. With the help of One Tuscany, individuals can find and create their dream residences, which are often cost prohibitive without a pro on your side, whom can outline easy updates with a proven track record and a network of professionals that will put the process in reach.
One Tuscany’s principal, Don Popkes has brokered well into the hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate transactions from corporate experience with Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney to the entrepreneurial development and management of his fund, Level Financial, which invests in real estate. While personally investing, rehabilitating, and selling homes and multi-family units in Southern California, Popkes noticed an opportunity to infuse the process with additional commitment, creativity and care for individuals.
With the brokerage name of “One Tuscany” the namesake is to always keep front of mind the balance of commitment to creatively working with clientele for their biggest acquisition or sale of their largest asset. With a focused memory of OUR first family home ‘number one’, on ‘Tuscany’ – which will always draw back focus to working with clients with the same level of care and coaching.
Popkes holds a degree in Economics from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and commenced his financial career at Merrill Lynch, acquiring his Series 7, Series 66, and Insurance License including being awarded the Certified Financial Manager designation. Through his tenure Popkes was in charge of designing asset allocation, investment, and lending strategies for high-net-worth individuals. After enjoying success in the corporate environment, Popkes channeled his entrepreneurial spirit co-investing in real estate along side his clients. With capital and the endorsement from his high-net-worth investor base, Popkes began a fund investing in residential and multi-family transactions. Leading full circle to the founding of One Tuscany which is the natural extension of a real estate investors portfolio giving individuals the same professional advice.
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